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November 9, 2011 AT 12:00 am

A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

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A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design. Bret writes-

As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work. I had the opportunity to design with real working prototypes, not green screens and After Effects, so there certainly are some interactions in the video which I’m a little skeptical of, given that I’ve actually tried them and the animators presumably haven’t. But that’s not my problem with the video.

My problem is the opposite, really — this vision, from an interaction perspective, is not visionary. It’s a timid increment from the status quo, and the status quo, from an interaction perspective, is actually rather terrible.

This matters, because visions matter. Visions give people a direction and inspire people to act, and a group of inspired people is the most powerful force in the world. If you’re a young person setting off to realize a vision, or an old person setting off to fund one, I really want it to be something worthwhile. Something that genuinely improves how we interact.

This little rant isn’t going to lay out any grand vision or anything. I just hope to suggest some places to look.


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1 Comment

  1. while haptic feedback is ok i think we could advance upon brain-computer interfaces

    it would be nice to just look at something, think something and then it does it without too much effort

    it’s lazy i know but that’s partially what technology does for us, just make things more convenient

    visions of the future don’t always come out to be what people think;
    in the 60s they wanted everything to be push button
    ..buttons are great but i don’t want a huge pannel of buttons where there’s one for any task/situation

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